Hershey re-elected whip

Gov. Larry Hogan, center, stands with State Sens. J.B. Jennings, left, and Stephen Hershey after they were re-elected Senate minority leader and whip respectively last week.

ANNAPOLIS — On Dec. 1, Maryland State Senate Republicans re-elected State Sen. Stephen Hershey (R–Upper Shore), who represents Cecil County, as minority whip.

The unanimous vote was held during a caucus meeting in Annapolis, where they also voted to re-elect State Sen. J.B. Jennings (R–Baltimore/Harford) as minority leader.

Jennings and Hershey will serve a second year as the Senate Minority Caucus’s leadership team.

“We are both truly honored to have the continued confidence of our colleagues, especially during such an exciting time for Maryland Republicans,” said Jennings, referring to recent polling on Gov. Larry Hogan’s wide popularity.

Discussing plans for the 2016 General Assembly session, Jennings and Hershey said their agenda will largely remain the same, citing efforts to make the state a better place for struggling families, retirees and small businesses, as well as the dire need to close the state’s ongoing budget deficits.

“We are here to ensure Gov. Hogan’s success in putting our state back on track after eight years of atrophy under the previous administration,” Hershey said. “Working with the governor has been our No. 1 priority over the past year, and it will continue to be our No. 1 priority this coming year.”

Both caucus leaders are overwhelming optimistic about the upcoming legislative session.

“I am proud to know that between every senator in the Republican Caucus we have a lot of experience and talent,” Jennings said. “Having already seen the repeal of the rain tax and significant cuts to tolls and fees, I think we are on a good path to continue to bring the change Marylanders across the state want to see.”

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